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Re-Seeding The NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen

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So how would NCAA Tournament teams be seeded today if everything were based on just the remaining teams?

Well, undefeated Gonzaga would still be No. 1, that much we know. There really is no reason to believe otherwise after their fairly easy 87-71 win over Oklahoma on Monday.

But what about the rest of the field ? That is where things get interesting. Below, we have reseeded all remaining teams based on how each team has looked in two (or in the case of UCLA, three) tournament games .

Let’s examine:

1. Gonzaga: Undefeated and look at least as good as ever. Maybe even better.

2. Baylor: The balanced Bears sat at No. 2 for most of the regular season, and they’ve given us no reason to change our minds.

3. Michigan: Things got close against LSU, but then the Wolverines turned it on. The story of their season.

4. Alabama: And you thought only the football team was Final Four material. But Nate Oats can really coach.

5. Florida State: As is typically the case, the Seminoles are flying way under the radar. Scottie Barnes is an NBA lottery pick, and that can take you places.

6. Arkansas: Coach Eric Musselman just wins, baby. Fun, athletic squad that always plays well at crunch time.

7. Houston: Remember the Phi Slama Jama teams of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler of the 1980s? No? That’s OK. This may be Houston’s best team since then.

8. Loyola-Chicago: You want to bet against the Ramblers? Be our guest . But after they took down Illinois, another run to the Final Four may be in the works for this mid-major program.

9. USC: Athletic, fun, confident, and playing with an edge. There is little reason to believe that the Trojans can’t surprise their way to the title game.

10. UCLA: The Bruins have actually won three games and have done it with defense and pride. And we all know what they say about defense and championships.

11. Oregon: Blowing out Iowa showed that the Pac-12 really was a superior conference to the Big Ten. Extremely well-coached by Dana Altman.

12. Syracuse: During the season, nobody expected a whole lot from them. They looked to be a very average team. But very average, the Orange are not.

13. Villanova: Without Kentucky or Duke (and now Kansas), the Wildcats are left to carry the banner for recent powers. They are representing well.

14. Oregon State: Picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 prior to the season. Another win and the Beavers will be among the top eight in the entire country.

15. Creighton: For the first time in school history, the Blue Jays are in the Sweet Sixteen. That may have to be victory enough, given that Gonzaga is their next opponent.

16. Oral Roberts: Stunned Ohio State, then shocked Florida after winning the Summit League tourney as a No. 4 seed. All that has already made the Golden Eagles America’s darlings.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Splitting hairs, but I would take UCLA over USC straight up. Given what I’ve seen in the tournament. Then again what do I know my bracket is totally crashed in the mid-west and half crashed in the West and South. Only in the East am I still fighting after this next weekend.

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